Senate advances bill to curb meth making

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to make drugs used in the production of methamphetamine available only by prescription.

The bill will make pseudoephedrines a Schedule IV prescription drug and exempt medicines that can’t easily be converted to meth.

The bill has been passed to the House for action.

Before passage, the Senate voted to amend the bill to allow individuals charged with possession of pseudoephedrine, and who purchased the drug legally in another state, to go to court and have charges dropped. Sen. Corey Palumbo explained this process may be used by a person only once.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he was open to taking a close look at a final bill.

Only Oregon and Mississippi have passed similar laws.

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